Open Ideas

The Royal Adelaide Hospital Site Open Ideas Process



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Finalists' entries

Six design teams were were shortlisted from 126 entries by an independent expert Jury Panel. Shortlisted teams were required to partner with a South Australian practice for Stage Two of the competition. The shortlisted teams and their proposals for Stage Two of the competition are below.

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People’s Choice Award

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Competition Jury

The following members of the Competition Jury were appointed to ensure an open and transparent decision-making process. The independent expert jury shortlisted six finalists at the end of Stage One and invited them to submit more detailed design proposals for Stage Two. The jury deliberated on Stage Two and the winners were announced on 10 December 2013, the same day as the People’s Choice winner. View the prize winning designs.

Shelley Penn
Bob Nation
Catherin Bull
Timothy Hill
Timothy Horton
Marcus Spiller
Catherine Slessor

Timothy is an architect with experience spanning the public and private sector in Australia and internationally. Common throughout has been a deep interest in civic space and the role for design in shaping human-centered urban policy through effective public engagement.

He has held positions as Australia’s first commissioner for Integrated Design (SA), state president and national director of the Australian Institute of Architects, and advised the Australian Government as a member of the editorial board for the Australian Urban Design Protocol and the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council.

Tim holds board positions on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, the CRC for Low Carbon Living, the Australian Design Alliance and South Australia’s leading craft and design body, the Jam Factory.

Bob Nation is an award winning architect with more than 40 years experience in all facets of architecture both nationally and internationally.

He has worked and studied in Australia and abroad throughout this time, owning practices offshore for more than 20 years. He has lectured extensively at universities in Australia and overseas, has won design competitions throughout Asia and Australia, and has received a number of national and state architectural awards.

Dr Catherin Bull is an Emeritus Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor at QUT. She has led national and international consultancies in landscape architecture and urban design, been a commissioner in the Land and Environment Court of NSW and an academic for over 20 years, teaching, researching and supervising doctoral students, most recently as the Elisabeth Murdoch Professor of Landscape Architecture.

As an advocate for better quality planning and design she chairs and serves on planning and design review panels and boards across Australia, including the National Capital Authority, ACT Planning and Land Authority, Sydney Olympic Park Authority and the Capital City Design Review Panel SA advising government and industry on open space and urban design matters.

She was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2009 in recognition of her contribution to landscape architecture and urban design.

Timothy Hill is a partner in the architectural firm, Donovan Hill, a Brisbane based practice directed by Brian Donovan and Timothy Hill. They established the firm as recent graduates from the University of Queensland in 1992, where they are now Adjunct Professors.

Donovan Hill’s output is deliberately unspecialised, ranging through furniture commissions, public art projects, the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan, landscapes, laboratories, commercial office towers and domestic houses. Recent public space focused projects include the State Library of Queensland, redevelopment of QUTï’s urban campus, and two new city office towers with repaired laneways.

Timothy was appointed ‘Creative Director’ of the 2007 Royal Australian Institute of Architects annual conference and attempted to choreograph national reflection on how modes of practice can make as much difference to the built environment as talents, tastes and tendencies. He is a Curatorial Panel member of art+place, the Queensland Government’s Public Art Fund and a Board member of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) Brisbane.

Shelley Penn is a practising Melbourne-based architect whose work includes advice to government and the private sector on strategic architectural and urban design for public places across all scales.

In addition to her award-winning project work, which has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, she has held a number of significant positions.

In 2012, Shelley completed a four-year term as deputy chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria. She was the associate government architect within the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2006 until 2010, where her role was focused on providing strategic advice to government, and on advocacy for better outcomes throughout Victoria’s built environment. She was also design director in the Office of the NSW Government Architect, a board member of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria, and a board member of the Linking Melbourne Authority.

In mid 2011, Shelley co-chaired a review of the planning processes for Barangaroo, a 22 hectare development located at the north-western edge of Sydney’s CBD. She is a current member of the inaugural Victorian Design Review Panel and recently served on the Riverbank Design Review Panel.

Shelley is the chair of the National Capital Authority and past national president of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Dr Marcus Spiller is a principal, partner and director of SGS Economics & Planning Pty Ltd. His consulting experience spans land economics, regional development, housing policy, infrastructure funding and policy co-ordination systems.

He has taken up secondments as lecturer in Urban Economics at the University of Melbourne, adviser to the Minister for Planning and Housing in Victoria and Senior Executive in the Queensland Department of Housing, Local Government and Planning. He is a former National President of the Planning Institute of Australia and has served on a number of Commonwealth and State Government boards, including the National Housing Supply Council and VicUrban.

Catherine Slessor is Editor of The Architectural Review. She studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh and was in private practice before joining The Architects’ Journal as a Technical Editor and subsequently moving the AR.

In a long career as an architectural editor, critic and writer she has also contributed to a variety of international architecture and design magazines, including Architectural Record (USA), Arquitectura Viva (Spain) and Bauwelt (Germany). Her selected publications include Eco Tech, a study of the relationship between High Tech architecture and environmental awareness, and Concrete Regionalism, which considers the influence of vernacular traditions on contemporary practice. She has lectured in the UK, USA, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Argentina, and has won the International Building Press award for Architectural Journalist of the Year three times. She has also been a guest critic at the University of Edinburgh and Oxford Brookes University. Recently she was a juror for the 2012 Governor General’s Medals for Canadian Architecture and the 2013 Commonwealth Association of Architects Student Award. She lives and works in London.

RAH Exhibitions


Stage One Submissions

126 Stage One Entries

Stage One of the design competition ran for 6 weeks over July and August of 2013. The competition asked each design team to produce three A3 panels that addressed their conceptual approach to the competition criteria and the response to the site through master planning, schematic diagrams, and 3D visualisations of the proposal. 126 design submissions were received from 25 different countries. Of the 126 submissions, 71 were from Australia and 29 of these were from South Australia.




















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